Netty's marks 30 years

Hot dog stand a summer tradition
Alex Green
Jul 17, 2014

green@oc-register.com

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Netty's in Marblehead is not interested in that anyway. It has been perfecting the chili dog for 30 years.

"A lot of people tell us they can't come to the area without stopping at Netty's," said Tammy Bartzen, co-owner of Netty's.

Tammy and her husband, Joe Bartzen, took over the popular chili dog stand in 2003, though she has worked there since she was in middle school in 1994.

The experience has taught the couple about the business world as they've met just about everyone from the Marblehead area.

"It's fabulous, you get to meet a lot of people in the community," Tammy said. "We know a lot of tourists who come back every year."

Perrysburg resident Phil Sawyer has to make a quick stop on Ohio 163 every time he takes his boat up to the peninsula.

"The chili is what does it," Sawyer said. "It's why I come back."

The quick service is a plus too, he said.

Netty's is not exactly "fast food," but the food is whipped up lickety split.

"It's nice because there's not really any fast food places around," Joe said.

There are a handful of other Netty's in the Toledo area, and each uses the same chili that's made the business famous.

Joe agreed with Sawyer, the chili is likely what has made the quick-hit stop a success.

If you're not going for a dog of some sort, chances are you're looking for some ice cream. Shakes, sundaes and banana splits are all part of the summer fun too.

Netty's is open from March until October, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

It's located on E. Harbor Road across the street from Danbury schools.

Comments

Finn Finn

From talking to people, I find that folks either love them or hate them. Personally, I think they are quite good. It always feels like "summer back in the olden days" once I hit Netty's for a chili dog (w/mustard and onion) and a cool drink. It's just one of those things.

downthemiddle

The owner has a nice biz. And is selling franchises.

Don Lee

The chili dog and I don't get along, but Netty's is one of the few left who know what a Boston Cooler is.